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Tutorial: Digital Art Basics and Image Size Terms by Nightlyre Tutorial: Digital Art Basics and Image Size Terms by Nightlyre
I made a tutorial! This one covers some basic terms you might hear when talking about digital artwork: "pixel", "screen resolution", "image dimension", "PPI" (with a note on "DPI"), and "high resolution image" - important things for digital artists to know and understand, I feel.

These are the images I used as examples:

Imagination by Nightlyre Desert Queen by Nightlyre Reptilian Bronze (Clearance Print!) by Nightlyre Ocean's Fury by Nightlyre

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DarkAngelsWork Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the tip.
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TomasJantac Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
thank bro you answer my questions
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Huckleseed Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely formatted and well explained :)
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad it was useful. :)
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Xylothor Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Where exactily would I go on my computer to find the resolution thingy? (I have a dell)
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Do you know what operating system you're on? (Windows XP, 7, or 8?) If it's Windows 7, just right-click on the desktop and click on "Screen Resolution".
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Xylothor Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah found it already sorry! :D But i figure out I'm already at the max. And my art is still really grainy. I use Gimp, maybe that's the problem.
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Innfhinithydesigns Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thank you very much for the tutorial
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I hope it was useful. :thanks:
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:iconkwnnos:
Kwnnos Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
thank you very much!!!! :)
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You bet!
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:iconhachitaki:
Hachitaki Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So helpful in making me understand the whole dpi and dpp thing. Thanks alot!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad it helped!
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:iconastrikos:
Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012   General Artist
Very interesting and detailed! Great tutorial! :clap:
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I hope it's useful. :D
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   General Artist
:hug:
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KiltedPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great tutorial....a very misunderstood subject amongst budding digital artists.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed! Most people here on deviant know this info already, but if it helps even a handful, it'd be worth it.
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umbbe Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'd like to add that its a good idea NOT to start a blank canvas at the full size you intend to work at, because you will have a lot of trouble filling the color in/your computer might start to choke if you haven't got the best machinery.
At a sketch/crude painting stage there won't be much loss of quality in upscaling later and adding detail.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That's a good point, though it depends a lot on your hardware configuration. You get a good idea over time of how much your computer can handle, which also includes factors such as how many images you currently have open (references and such), and how many other programs you're running. There are also adjustments you can make to programs like Photoshop so it can handle larger files - but the tradeoff is that you're allowing them to use more of the computer's resources and can't run as many other things at the same time.
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umbbe Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Indeed - at my on-the-job learning place Im using a way older pc than I do at home, and the difference shows in the noise level as well as the lagging of the computer when I have any programs open. Also the smaller screen discourages from using the highest levels of resolution...
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avni099 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My print resolution is at 300 while my screen resolution is at 72... is that good or should I change it so that both are 300? Great tutorial by the way! ^_^
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you found the tutorial helpful! Hm. Well, a computer screen is almost always 72ppi (there are exceptions, but that's the norm). Remember that the PPI is only important when printing, though, so whatever it says for the screen should not matter as long as the printing resolution is correct. Out of curiosity, what program are you using that differentiates between screen resolution and print resolution?
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avni099 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ahh okay I see! I'm using Photoshop CS6!
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Koshshshka Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you so very much for clear lesson.
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad it helps!
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annaleroy8 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for posting, it really is a good tutorial. :)
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! :)
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pippyboy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
really great,well laid out,and good advice
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad it helps!
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seraphsworld Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Just starting out with digital art, this is very useful, thank you!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! If you have questions, let me know. There's a lot to learn with digital art, but the result is definitely worth it!
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SteveReeves Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well presented, nice one - thank you :)
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome, and thank you for the comment!
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is really well written! It will certainly help people to understand the difference between the terms in regards
to their digital art. :clap:
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I hope people find it useful.
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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Afeefy Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very much for this. I have to admit, for the years i have been using Photoshop, I was clueless when it came to resolutions and pixels and was stumped when it came to creating something i wanted to print. Again, thank you very much!!
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome! Let me know if you have any questions. :)
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Anchaing Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
I knew it but it is always good to have a reminder :)
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I figured a lot of people on devArt would know most or all of this already, but a refresher never hurts. I know I need one sometimes. :)
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nickglvn Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
despues que lo descubri yo solito recien encuentro un toturial bien explicado :( ..igual siempre uso 300ppi en photoshop :)
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Es una buena idea. Asegúrese de que su imagen es lo suficientemente alto y ancho en píxeles, y va a estar bien! (Traducido por Google - Espero que esto tiene sentido.) :)
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nickglvn Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
si, gracias. Voy a comprobar las medidas :)
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great job, you really did well with your explanation! yay! :icondancekittyplz:
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Heh, I could watch that plz animation all day, you know.
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Kachinadoll Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Your most welcome! hehe :iconrobotlaughplz: I know, me too! He is so scruffy looking he's cute! ;P
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Ace60 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
nicely written. informative and easily understood gr8 job:iconthumbsupplz:
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:iconnightlyre:
Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Ace60 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
you're welcome, it explains things that i needed to know about resolution and printing
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